Russia denied on Sunday that talks with Ukraine had begun but said the two sides were
arriving at the destination for negotiations, Interfax news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying.
The negotiations could possibly offer some room to try to de-escalate the crisis after Russia invaded Ukraine from several directions. Earlier, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said the talks had already begun.
Russia dropped its preconditions for talks after suffering military setbacks.
Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Sunday, adding that Ukraine would attend the talks to listen to what Russia had to say.
Dmytro Kuleba also told a briefing that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move to put nuclear forces on high alert was timed to put pressure on Ukraine during the negotiations.